Oscars aren’t just awarded to current filmmakers each year. Before that there are also the honorary oscars. The four 2020 winners have already been announced.
Honorary Oscars have also been awarded at the main gala in the past, but this has not been the case since 2009. 2020 Honorary Oscar winners will already receive their awards in fall 2019 at their own gala, during the award ceremony. Royal awards in early 2020 there will only be some excerpts
In October 2019, four filmmakers will each receive an honorary Oscar. Three of them are honored for their life’s work, one for special humanitarian services in the interest of the film industry. These are the winners.
If indigenous figures are needed, Wes Studi is quickly asked. He has already played around 80 roles in movies and series, the most recent, for example, with Christian Bale in “Hostiles.” He was never nominated for an Oscar, but has played major roles in multiple nominated films such as “Dances with Wolves” and “The Last of the Mohicans.” The Cherokee student, who grew up on a reservation, is the first Native American to receive an honorary Oscar.
Director David Lynch was nominated for an Oscar four times in his career: 1981 twice as director and screenwriter of “The Elephant Man,” then in 1987 as director of “Blue Velvet” and in 2002 for “Mulholland Drive.” I never win. Now the visionary filmmaker, to whom we owe the classic “Twin Peaks” series, can console himself with a golden boy.
Italian Lina Wertmüller also directs. From 1963 to 2004 he brought us 23 movies. In 1977 she was the first woman to be nominated for an Oscar in the category of “Best Director” for her grotesque war “Seven Beauties.” There was also a nomination for best screenplay. The movie, which was nominated four times, didn’t win any awards at the time (surprisingly). Now Wertmüller is getting at least one honorary Oscar.
While the three mentioned stars get their golden boy for their life’s work, Geena Davis receives the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. This honorary Oscar has existed since 1957 and is not awarded every year (most recently in 2016 to Debbie Reynolds for her work in the fight for the treatment of mental illness), but only when the academy wants to honor a star again for humanitarian merit and social commitment. . Davis (Best Supporting Actress in “The Travels of Mr. Leary”) is the only one of the honorary quartet of the Oscars 2020 who has already received a “real” Oscar, but for hers, not for film roles like “Thelma & Louise ”. Fight for equality in the media.
In 2004 she founded an institute that examines how women are represented in the media and draws attention to them where there is no equality. Since 2015, it has also held a film festival in which films by or with groups and / or under-represented themes in Hollywood are screened. The winning films are then guaranteed to be released in theaters.
Before Davis, Angelina Jolie, Paul Newman, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor, Charlton Heston, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck and Bob Hope were honored with this special honorary Oscar.